Upon being injured in an automobile accident in which you weren't at fault, one of the options at your disposal is to seek legal counsel and consider pursuing legal action. It's beneficial to take a little time to find the right lawyer for your case. Not only should he or she ideally specialize in auto accident cases, but you should also be able to talk to the lawyer and share some questions and concerns about your situation. If you've decided to call a couple lawyers and evaluate which one will best suit you, consider the lawyers' answers when you discuss the following three important topics.
Strength Of Case
You have a high degree of emotional attachment to your situation but it's advantageous to describe the accident to a lawyer to determine if there is enough legal ground to move forward with a case. It's important to provide the relevant details as impartially as you can; failing to do so can cost you time and money if the case doesn't go anywhere because you withheld key details early on. Evaluate how each lawyer comments on the strength of your case. Ideally, he or she will use similar situations with past clients to indicate whether you have a strong legal argument or your situation is weak.
Access To Assets
In many situations, an auto injury case's success relies heavily upon not only the attorney, but also his or her team of assets. Ask each attorney about the team around him or her and how they could potentially be used to add strength to your case. You want to hear about a list of assets such as medical evaluators and private investigators who will work closely with you and the attorney to improve the likelihood of success, especially if the case ends up going to trial.
If the auto accident lawyer you're speaking to has ample experience with cases similar to yours, he or she will provide you with an estimate about the likelihood of receiving an early settlement and the financial value that would likely be offered. You can then ask whether it would be smart to accept the offer to settle or to proceed to trial. If the lawyer thinks your case is especially strong, you can expect a recommendation to decline the offer. Discussing this topic will give you a clear picture of the situation you'll likely be facing and also help you evaluate the confidence that the lawyer has in winning the case for you.